ERIC Number: ED121185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Classification of Medical Education Institutions.
Nunn, Richard; Lain, Lindy
Empirical techniques are developed that may be used in conjunction with data stored in the Institutional Profile System to enhance present capabilities of assessing group structure in medical schools. Relevant literature is reviewed, and the institutionally descriptive data available for analysis and their manipulation into researchable formats are described. In order to relate the present data and methods to previous studies, variables similar to those used by the RAND Corporation were chosen. The data are factor analyzed, and the factor scores then used in two empirical cluster analysis procedures, and the results compared to those generated by RAND. Lack of replication is noted. The 10 clusters of medical institutions found by RAND were not found in this study. A variety of factors may have contributed to this conclusion, including a substantial number of both methodological and data differences between the studies. It is concluded that, at least for the present, categorization of medical schools by procedures accounting for multiple measures simultaneously does not yield clear and unambiguous results. This finding indicates that the picture presented by data institutionally descriptive of the schools is a highly complex one, not easily structured into a reasonably small number of groups of institutions. (LBH)
Descriptors: Classification, Cluster Grouping, Factor Analysis, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Medical Education, Medical Schools, Research Methodology, School Surveys, Statistical Data
Association of American Medical Colleges, Division of Operational Studies, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources Administration (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD. Bureau of Health Manpower.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.